Citrus & Marion County, FL Communities
Citrus County is a county located on the west central coast of Florida. Its county seat is Inverness, and its largest community is Homosassa Springs.
According to the US Fish and Wildlife Services' aerial manatee surveys, as many as 400 of these unique creatures can be found in Citrus County at one time. This typically occurs only during the coldest months of the year. Manatees can also be viewed in the underwater observatory at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Most of the park's residents are injured animals either undergoing rehabilitation for future release to the wild, or will be permanent due to their inability to be released to the wild.
Special events include Florida Manatee Festival, Floral City Strawberry Festival, and Mermaids & Margaritas Experience.
Marion County is located in the north central portion of Florida.
The nearby community of Silver Springs developed around the Silver Springs, a group of artesian springs on the Silver River. In the 19th century, this site became Florida's first tourist destination.
Today, well known for glass-bottom boat tours of the area, Silver Springs is owned by the State of Florida; it was incorporated into Silver Springs State Park in 2013. Other nearby natural attractions include the Ocala National Forest and the Florida Trail.
Levy County is a county located on the Gulf coast in the northern part of Florida.
National protected areas are Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (part).
Levy County has only one railroad line running throughout the county, and only within eastern Levy along US 41. The line is a former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad line that is now used by the Florida Northern Railroad for freight.